Project RAMA: Turning Asteroids Into Spaceships

PROJECT RAMA: TURNING ASTEROIDS INTO SPACESHIPS
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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
June 24, 2016

I couldn’t resist this story, even though this week has been largely taken up with geopolitical news. It was shared by Ms. M.W. and it’s an example of the ssort of dreaming that is now taking place for the commercialization of space:

Plan to Turn Asteroids Into Spaceships Could Spur Off-Earth Mining

Note first of all that this is a serious plan being funded by a NASA grant:

A few decades from now, asteroids may be flying themselves to mining outposts in space, nobly sacrificing their abundant resources to help open the final frontier to humanity.

That’s the vision of California-based company Made In Space, which was recently awarded NASA funding to investigate how to turn asteroids into giant, autonomous spacecraft.

The project, known as RAMA (Reconstituting Asteroids into Mechanical Automata), is part of Made In Space’s long-term plan to enable space colonization by helping make off-Earth manufacturing efficient and economically viable. [How Asteroid Mining Could Work (Infographic)]

Arthur C. Clark fans will at least appreciate the reference to his RAMA series of science fiction novels. But now note what the project supposedly involves:

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Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.

Three D Printing Scrapbook – Asteroid Mining


Source:GizaDeathStar.com
Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
January 12, 2016

This article caught my eye, as it did a number of you as well, and I suspect it may have caught yours for reasons similar to why it did mine. It’s straightforward enough, and in an era when we’ve come to expect a “slow drip and dribble” of information concerning new technologies, new space ventures, new commercial ventures and even new types of financial systems, it’s not all that exciting. It’s what is not being said in it that I find intriguing, and it’s that “hidden not-being-said” component that forms the kernel of today’s high octane speculations:

Asteroid-Mining Company 3D-Prints Object from Space Rock Metals

The story is simple enough:

Planetary Resources, which aims to extract water and other useful materials from asteroids, has 3D-printed an object using metal powder gleaned from a space rock.

“It is the first part ever 3D-printed with material from outer space and is reminiscent of a design that could originate from a 3D printer in the zero-gravity environment of space,” Planetary Resources representatives wrote in a blog post Thursday (Jan. 7) about the object, which is about 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) tall by 3.4 inches (8.7 cm) wide and weighs 8.8 ounces (250 grams). [10 Ways 3D-Printing May Transform Space Travel]

“The asteroid (or meteorite) used for the print materials was sourced from the Campo Del Cielo impact near Argentina, and is composed of iron, nickel and cobalt — similar materials to refinery-grade steel,” they added.

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